Healing Camp has chosen a site to camp

The Healing Camp will take place just south of Alice Springs at a claypan site approx 1km off the Stuart Hwy (see map). Arrernte elder Vincent Forester has agreed to open the Camp with a welcome to the area. As of today we have setup camp and are welcoming people to join us.
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Renaming the Road to Pine Gap

Long time peace activist, Graeme Dunstan of Peacebus.com, is in Alice Springs to prepare for the Alice Springs Peace Convergence 19 September to 2 October.
Alice Springs folk will have seen his vehicle driving about with its distinctive Redtail Black Cockatoo mural proclaiming #ClosePineGap.
The Alice Springs Peace Convergence will be a program of events includes a national conference and a public forum, protests, exhibitions, and performances all aimed at raising awareness and dissent in regard to the role of the top secret US satellite signal, spy and drone base at Pine Gap.
“Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap is secretly celebrating 50 years of occupation of Arrernte land, 50 years of using Australian soil to conduct US foreign wars and it is the job of peace activists is to crack the nut of denial around its existence and its murderous role,” Mr Dunstan said.
“Alice Springs serves as a residence for as many as 500 US spies, their support technicians and their families. War crimes, such as the targeting of drones against innocents in far away countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Somalia, are being committed on a daily basis by these polite but murderous US citizens in our midst.”
“But know one talks about it.  No one talks about the war these spies make while guests in the land. No one talks either about how their war making makes Alice Springs a strategic target in the event of nuclear exchange, especially as tensions between the US and China heighten.”
For starters Mr Dunstan intends to set up a display of banners in Hatt Road, the road to Pine Gap, to let the commuting US spies know that they are being watched

 from 2 pm Monday 12 September 2016
in Hatt Road near Stuart Highway, Alice Springs
He also proposes to rename Hatt Road for the duration of the Alice Springs Peace Convergence and possibly longer.
The new name will be War Criminals Way.
Further information
Graeme Dunstan Peacebus.com 0407 951 688
#ClosePineGap FB > Close Pine Gap

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IPAN News Bulletin No 3

Do you know that your mobile phone conversations can be monitored by the Pine Gap US communications facility which down loads acquired visual and radio information from the US spy satellites over the Indian and Pacific oceans. All of Australia is within their listening footprint.
This super spying facility is situated 20 km south west of Alice Springs and analyses radio communications picked up from all over South East Asia and the Middle East as well as Australia.
Data processed by the CIA and US military operatives at Pine Gap provide targets for US missiles, bombs and drones, intelligence for US economic and military activity.
Pine Gap provides support for the US killer drone program which has killed thousands of “militant suspects” and many more innocent civilians. These US missile strikes have occurred in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen Somalia and Iraq , countries with which we are not at war.
This illegal killer drone program implicates the Australian Government and people in these extra-judicial killings and murder of innocent civilians, since Pine Gap is stationed on our soil.
Pine Gap is one of the major United States war fighting and intelligence (spying) bases in the world.
It makes Australia an inter-continental missile target in times of US wars on countries in our region such as China.
Nick Deane, a spokesperson for IPAN (Independent and Peaceful Australia Network), says, ”It is time to close Pine Gap ; it is of no benefit to us; indeed it is a dangerous facility on our soil. I urge all concerned people to sign the Close Pine Gap petition which IPAN is circulating and which will be presented to the House of Representatives later this year”.
He said, “You can access the Close Pine Gap petition at bit.do/closepinegap
Nick continued “Pine Gap will be the target of protest by anti-war activists in late September this year and concerned persons may register for the IPAN anti-war conference in Alice Springs and Pine Gap protests at www. IPAN.org.au”
The petition is available at: bit.do/closepinegap
The following are available for interviews:

Prof Richard Tanter: 0407 824 336 or rtanter@nautilus.org
Nick Deane for IPAN: 0420 526 929
Bevan Ramsden for IPAN: 0418 697 528

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Support the #PineGapPilgrims

We were lamenting war and praying for peace at Pine Gap. We have been found guilty of "being" in a prohibited area, and await sentencing. Now we need your help and support:
  1. To get involved sign up for Wage Peace Newsletter for updates, invitation to actions, call outs. Also to halt the march of the military in our universities and communities. Share this information with your friends and networks.
  2. Donate to help us with the costs of travelling back from Alice Springs and general costs that we incurred fighting this case.
  3. Support us with Actions in Alice Springs, Brisbane and Cairns on December 4th when we will be sentenced in the Brisbane Federal Court